As the terrible headlines of late reach us.
Suicide bombs in Iraq, Afghanistan, possible chemical weaponry being used in Syria.
Death and destruction in Mali.
It is certainly most refreshing to read of the retirement, in grand old Amsterdam.
I dare say that many young men who were stationed in Soest, Werl and Hemer made a trip or two to the “Dam” especially on a pay weekend. In fact I feel that I can safely say that many a young soldier in those days.......lost his virginity....
The fact that the Canal District of old had many ladies on view behind glass, made the term window shopping “cool” to the young soldiers of the 50s and 60s.
These ladies have after a half century of working at the oldest profession. The twin sisters: Louise and Martine Fokkens retired gracefully and told CBC radio that old age and arthritis were the main reasons for their retirement and have written about their exploits in a new book called "The Ladies of Amsterdam"
So Ladies, I salute you, doff my cap to you, and on behalf of myself and other Canadian Veterans of a great ERA in our lives. Thank you.
To read and hear their story please go to this Link.
Despite the humour of the previous retirement story.
Please give a thought, a prayer, or a smile and a nod to any of our troops you come across.
Nil Sine Labore